This was the conclusion of the post when I talked about the tablesaw mishap and how it tore up the inside, bottom of one of the legs.
I wasn't real pleased with it and hated the thought of having to compromise on the over-all quality of the piece. I reasoned that it was in a location that wouldn't be real noticeable but, like I always would stress to my students; I'll always know it's there!
This is where the magic of the internet and electronic networking come into play. I've had communications with Chris Hall who's blog can be found at: http://thecarpentryway.blogspot.com. He is from Massachusetts and specializes in Japanese style of woodworking which, if you're not familiar with it involves a lot of intricate hand cut joinery. In any case, he commented on the blog and asked why I didn't consider making a Dutchman patch? Let's see now, I was born in Amsterdam and am a genuine Dutchman myself -- you'd of thought that would have been a no-brainer for me now wouldn't you? Thanks to his comment the outside of the leg now looks like this.
Once I found a suitable "donor" piece, the first step was to route out the leg to remove the damage.
|Dutchman Donor Piece|
The corners were squared off and the patch piece was fitted and glued and clamped in. Once the glue was thoroughly dry everything was planed flush. Here you can see how that predominant grain line follows through the patch.
|Ready for Final Sizing|
|Much Improved, Darned Inter-locking Grain!|